Melania, President Trump and a modern history of presidential hand holding
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 5:06
Trump, on the other hand, directed heavy missile strikes against the regime after its latest chemical attack.
Commentator Chemi Shalev wrote in Haaretz that the deal will give the Saudis a "hold" on Trump, "which means he won't be quick to cross them".
He might have eaten her inflight snack, again, rendering her furious, again.
While neither country is in a position to dictate to Trump where to fly, his arrival nonetheless reflects the warming relationship between them.
I think the "Melania hand swat" is the new "dab". "Maybe Donald Trump will move from one kind of surrealism to another, thanks to Magritte's ideas".
She's that good at it.
Upon arriving in Israel, Trump attempted to hold his wife's hand - but she looked like she wasn't having it.
The US package reportedly includes the renewed sale of precision-guided munitions that had been blocked under president Barack Obama's administration, for fear the Saudis would use them on civilian targets in Yemen, where Riyadh is fighting a war against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels. Trump said the US stands in "absolute solidarity" with the people of the United Kingdom and that young, innocent people were murdered by "evil losers".
Just one of those things married people do.
"We know, for instance, that both Israelis and Palestinians seek lives of hope for their children".
There have been some self-inflicted wounds, most notably Trump's decision to field a journalist's question to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about concerns over the president's decision to share with Russian Federation some classified intelligence that had been obtained by Israel.
But while Mr Trump spoke in generalities about the goal, Mr Abbas laid out the specifics of Palestinian demands - which all have been supported by the Arabs and rejected by Israel through decades of unsuccessful peace negotiations shepherded by American presidents. Trump is due to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the 13th president to visit the Vatican. However, he did make waves across the internet for another reason: He stated that Trump was on his way to "Tel Aviv, home of Judaism". "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an awesome accomplishment".
The president appears likely to go his entire nine-day trip without holding a full news conference, a break from presidential foreign travel precedent.
David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, echoed sentiments that Trump's visit to the wall is highly significant.